TBA COVID-19 UPDATES: IMPACT ON THE SPORT

By Tenpin Bowling Australia
March 16, 2020

Tenpin Bowling Australia (TBA) would like to issue the following information regarding the Coronavirus and the impact on the sport. This web page will be continually updated as new information is received.

We do not take this issue lightly and will continue to act in accordance with the guidelines from the World Health Organisation and the Australian Federal Government.

Due to the rapidly evolving nature of the situation, we would like to thank everyone for their understanding and patience as we work through this difficult period. Although disappointing, we must ensure the health and wellbeing of bowlers, coaches, staff and venues are maintained.

Decisions related to all aspects of the sport are being discussed and monitored.

All future updates will be provided on this web page as new information is received.

UPDATED PAGE ON 30th MARCH 2020 – ADULT NATIONALS & DEVILS LAIR CANCELLATIONS – BELOW UNDER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HEADER

League Bowling

23/03/2020

Indoor sporting venues have now been directed not to operate from midday 23rd March 2020.  As a result of these restrictions, all league bowling will be postponed indefinitely.   It is possible that these measures may last up to six months however reviews will be undertaken on a regular basis and we will continue to update you as more information comes to hand. 

Bowling centre’s that do not adhere to these restrictions risk substantial fines for continuing to operate.  We encourage you to reach out to your bowling centre with any specific questions related to your league bowling.

TBA statement on impact of COVID-19 on the sport

Bowl Patrol & Bowl Abilities Participation Programs

23/3/20

Bowl Patrol and Bowl Abilities term 1 programs have now been postponed. Term 2 program registration will remain available but are also currently postponed. An update closer to the scheduled start of term 2 programs will be provided.

If you have any questions related to these programs, please contact Emily Rennes (Bowl Patrol) at emily.rennes@tenpin.org.au or Carrie Prosser-Shaw (Bowl Abilities) at carrie.prosser-shaw@tenpin.org.au

National Championships

Australian Junior Championships

16th March 2020: The 2020 Australian Junior Championships scheduled to be held at ZONE BOWLING Mt Gravatt in April has been cancelled until further notice.

Entry fees paid for this event will be refunded. Due to the high number of entrants, please allow some time for this process to be completed. All bowlers will receive correspondence from TBA in the coming weeks updating you on this process.

National Tenpin Bowling Championship for Persons with a Disability

16th March 2020: TBA in conjunction with the Australian Disability Tenpin (ADT) have made the decision to cancel the upcoming National Tenpin Bowling Championship for Persons with a Disability in June 2020 at ZONE BOWLING Mt Gravatt. This event will not be run in 2020.

TBA is currently working with Australian Disability Tenpin (ADT) on ensuring refunds for entries are processed. Due to the high number of entrants, please allow some time for this process to be completed. All bowlers will receive correspondence from ADT or TBA in the coming weeks updating you on this process.

Australian Adult Championship

30th March 2020

The 2020 Australian Adult Championship has been cancelled.  

Whilst clearly disappointing we are already focused on 2021 which will bring the Junior, Youth and Adult National Championship together with Devil’s Lair and the new Strike 3 event. 

The 2020 Devil’s Lair Tasmania event has also been cancelled.  Strike 3 is encouraging ticket holders to retain their existing tickets as they will be honoured for the new corresponding event dates. The 2021 rescheduled dates will be Friday July 30, Saturday July 31 and Sunday August 1.

Ranked Events

The following ranked events have been cancelled or postponed. Please contact tournament organisers for more information.

  • 16/3/20– Australian Open – 10th April 2020 – Postponed until further notice – link
  • 16/3/20– Vic150 – 10th April 2020 – Postponed until further notice – link
  • 17/3/20– Sydney Youth Cup – 23rd-24th May 2020 – Postponed until further notice – link
  • 17/3/20– South Australia Seniors Classic – 25th and 26th April – Postponed until further notice – link
  • 17/3/20– Queensland Ladies Classic – 16th & 17th May – Postponed until further notice – link

This page will show future updates regarding ranked events.

State Championships

  • 16/3/20 – Queensland Adult and Youth State Championships – 21st-29th March – Cancelled with view to reschedule- link
  • 17/3/20 – ACT State Championships – 21,22,28,29/3/20 – cancelled – link
  • 17/3/20 – Tasmanian State Championships & State Junior Championships – 21,22,28,29/3/2020 – Postponed with view for reschedule
  • 19/3/20- Northern Territory Bowling Championships-18/4 to 3/5 /2020- Cancelled

Accredited Events

30/3/2020

Due to the federal government enforcement of indoor sporting venues to be closed, all accredited events are postponed/cancelled until further advice is provided by the government.

International Championships

At this stage, the 2020 Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships, Asian Schools Tenpin Bowling Championships, World Youth Championships will go ahead as planned. TBA will continue to monitor the situation closely with Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) and World Bowling (WB).

Asian Senior Tenpin Bowling Championships are on hold due to the travel ban on China. TBA will continue to monitor the situation closely with Asian Senior Bowling Federation and update squad members when information is received.

How can everyone help minimise the risk of COVID-19

To protect yourself and others from infection, practice good hand and respiratory hygiene including:

  • cleaning hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs
  • covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing
  • avoiding contact with anyone who has symptoms such as fever, a cough, sore throat, fatigue, and shortness of breath
  • staying home if you are unwell.

You should also try and stay at least 1.5 metres away from people coughing or sneezing.

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